Four wav files were uploaded here with this post - the first three are songs and musical performances by Jeremy Scott ... the fourth clip is the intro from the CoolTea Sampler CD where Jeremy's 2nd and 3rd tracks aired. Note I'm including the Sampler CD intro as I think it helps provide a sense of this project whereby Jeremy Scott was commissioned to score the Directors View Film Festival 2003 Feature Short, Our Town.
Unfortunately my copy of the short film never arrived so I cannot show the corresponding video.
Even so, the journey of this score and how these three clips came to be is a worthy tale told hence this Archive.org post.
It Started with Complicated Score and Soundfonts
John Scott, Jeremy's father and manager at the time, mentioned his son's score won the honor of being part of the upcoming feature film short, yet getting the final production was an open end at the time they got on my radar.
Part of the issue was complexity - in that the level of talent that Jeremy exhibited exceeded that of most of his musical peers. Thus having the high school orchestra perform his score, somehow seemed like formula for frustration.
The alternative idea of hiring studio time and pro-studio players was also not attractive.
Enter soundfonts and my audio rig.
Once I learned that Jeremy scored his sheet music with a computer, and with a software program that could export his score as midi data, the lights went off with a great solution - which was to import his midi tracks into a multi-track audio program, then assign high-quality soundfonts to said midi tracks, and voila - export finished high quality wav file.
Thus the first track in this post is one of those versions - midi to audio - and was not used in the short.
Next is Live Recording
With the first effort not 100% satisfactory, Jeremy opted to try a different approach and that was to play a live synth into the computer.
After exploring various patterns, timings, arpeggiators, Jeremy selected the Korg Triton's Strings of Silk combi pattern and went from there.
This is the second track in this post and was the one used in the short.
Enter the Acoustic Guitar Live Recording
Jeremy's third track in this post is an acoustic version of a different song that he recorded in my Ridgefield Studio.
At this point the decision as to what mix should be the final for the short was still a bit up in the air. So I dropped some mics on his acoustic guitar, tracked his vocals and one or two takes later we had this third song you hear, called Un-Done.
Technically I loved Un-Done. While maybe not quite right for this short, it is still an awesome song and was fun to produce - enjoy!